Sunday, June 23, 2013

Prepared and frugal/Summer canning plans

Home Canned Peaches
Canning Summer Peaches
Keeping your cabinets stocked saves money and provides sustainability. We take different routes to storing up canned goods, sometimes we stock up the freezer with organic meats we buy on sale using our Food Saver, other times we garden and sometimes we buy wholesale produce and spend a week canning and freezing. This summer I'm planning to do things the old fashioned way, by canning a few pints a week. This week I canned 6 pints of diced peaches purchased on sale at Sprouts for $.69 per pound.

Last week I canned 6 pints of pickles and the week before I canned 9 pints of tomatoes. It might not sound like much but with approximately 12 weeks of summer we will have about 72 pints of produce stocked up by winter.

Canned Tomatoes
Home Canned Tomatoes and Pickles Yum!

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Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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